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chicken rice casserole

I usually do not make casseroles. To me they had a stigma of “a can of this, a can of that, and a can of that stuff that I’m not exactly sure what it is” and that is not how I cook. It wasn’t until a package arrived at my door with two samples of Texmati Rice  that I began to wander down the casserole road to give this rice the ultimate test: prolonged baking in the oven. This is usually not a fine moment for a grain of rice and ends up a soggy gooey mess that no one will


Around here we always seem to be “on the go” and it’s a daily task to keep our lunches healthy and fast. One way we keep the fast food line at bay are smoothies. Smoothies are very enticing for kids and delicious year round. The best part about packing a smoothie for your children’s school lunch or a meal at work is to make it the night before, store it in a freezable container, freeze it, pack it the next day, and once it’s time to eat lunch the smoothie has thawed into a cold delicious treat. One of our favorites


Madeleine Crème Brûlée

3 | August 26, 2011

A little while ago, a pretty little white box arrived at my doorstep filled with Donsuemor Madeleines and no, it wasn’t a dream. I was so excited because the only place you can find a madeleine in this town short of making them yourself is at the local chain coffee shop and trust me that comes no where close to a traditional one. Of course I ripped the box open, with dignity and grace mind you, and tasted my first Donsuemor Madeleine. It was perfectly moist, slightly sweet, and just the right amount of crispness to bite into. Just like the ones I

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a 40th birthday blowout

0 | July 27, 2011

If you follow ISMS religiously like I know all of you do {wink wink} then you noticed that I haven’t been around much lately. For that I apologize because I know going a day without a new ISMS post can just ruin your week. The reason I have been AWOL  lately is that I was secretly planning a surprise party for my husband’s 40th birthday. After 6 months of planing, lying, and pulling my hair out, the party was a complete success and one of the best parties I’ve planned in a while. Here are a few things I did


Some of you may remember the week long giveaways I did in December. On one of those days we gave away a Beaba Babycook. After that, I was asked to do a review of this one-of-a-kind baby food making appliance. At first I was a little hesitant as I have relied on my oven and food processor to do most of my baby food making and did not see the need for yet another appliance in my kitchen. But the moment I made my first puree with this little green wonder I knew I was wrong. The Beaba Babycook is an

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Today is the last day of our Santa Wears Sock Monkey Slippers Week! Honestly, it’s been a little exhausting and I’ve have no clue how the fat man does it but I have had a great time featuring some of the most unique and wonderful gifts that would be great under the tree this year! Today we are featuring Gifts for your favorite dog and cat. Ho, Ho, Ho and Happy Holidays from Mia and I! The Giveaway is now closed. The lucky winners are Raven and Stephanie! E-mails have been sent out. Going Places 2 {inspirational dog print} Ok,

Chicago Cufflinks by the Cufflink Maker

It’s day four of five of fabulous holiday giveaways and gift ideas! Today we are highlighting some unique gifts for Dad or the favorite men in your life! The Giveaway is now closed. The lucky winners are Jenna and Melissa (e-mails have been sent). Thanks to Jamie Riley and Dirty Deeds Soaps for theses wonderful gifts! Cufflinks by The Cufflink Maker Jamie Riley These aren’t your average cufflinks. Unique, one of a kind, and extremely fashionable, cufflinks by The Cufflink Maker – Jamie Riley, are the perfect gift this season for the favorite men in your life. Abundant in designs


It’s day three of five of fabulous holiday giveaways and gift ideas! Today we are highlighting some unique gifts for the home chef! Giveaway is now closed. Whole Foods Market {gift cards} Ever since I can remember I loved going to Whole Foods. I remember begging my parents to take me and my best friend down to Lower Greenville in Dallas (where I grew up) so we could hang out and eat in their in store restaurant. I should have known then that I was destined to always be a foodie. The Austin based natural and organic market first started


Welcome to our first day of five fabulous holiday giveaways and gift ideas! I’m a supper nostalgic softy when it comes to the holidays and what better way to celebrate than to highlight some unique gift ideas for your loved ones and giveaway some fantastic items! Today we are celebrating gifts for us girls. So grab your husband or nearest child and make a not so subtle hint for your Christmas gift. Giveaway is now closed. Foryoo Stamp Co. If your anything like me you are a sucker for stationary. I grew up in the south what do you expect?

one eyed jack

I’ve got my sock monkey slippers on (because it’s finally cold in Texas) and I’m ready to play Santa! Next week starting Monday morning we will be highlighting some of the best and most unique gifts for the holiday season and the best part….each day will have amazing giveaways, just in time for Christmas! Custom Gifts for Mom on Monday, great gifts for baby and toddler on Tuesday, gifts for the home chef on Wednesday, unique gifts for the man in your life on Thursday and we can’t forget gifts for your favorite pet on Friday. You won’t want to